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Description - Radical Hope: Education And Equality In Australia: QuarterlyEssay 35 by Noel Pearson

In an essay that is personal and philosophical, wide-ranging and politically engaged, Pearson discusses what makes a good teacher and recalls his own mentors and inspirations. He argues powerfully that underclass students, many of whom are Aboriginal, should receive a rigorous schooling that gives them the means to negotiate the wider world. He examines the long-term failure of educational policy in Australia, especially in the indigenous sector, and asks why it is always 'Groundhog Day' when there are lessons to be learned from the innovations now underway in the United States. This is an essay filled with ideas and arguments and information - from a little-known educational revolutionary named Siegfried Englemann, to the No Excuses ethos and the Knowledge Is Power program, to Barack Obama's efforts to balance individual responsibility and historical legacy. Pearson introduces new findings from research and practice, and takes on some of the most difficult and controversial issues. Throughout, he searches for the radical centre - the way forward that will raise up the many, preserve culture, and ensure no child is left behind.

'It is time to ask- are we Aborigines a serious people? . . . Do we have the seriousness necessary to maintain our languages, traditions and knowledge? . . . The truth is that I am prone to bouts of doubt and sadness around these questions. But I have hope. Our hope is dependent upon education. Our hope depends on how serious we become about the education of our people.' Noel Pearson, Radical Hope

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781863954440
ISBN-10: 1863954449
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 167mm x 10mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Quarterly Essay
Publisher: Black Inc.
Publish Date: 28-Sep-2009
Country of Publication: Australia

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